LAHORE, Oct 10 (APP) Pakistan senior hockey team scored a narrow 2 1 victory against Pakistan juniors in the third and last hockey match here on Monday at National hockey stadium.
In the first match of the series, the juniors surprised the seniors by holding them to a 2 2 draw. The seniors salvaged their pride by coming harsh in the following match to score a 4 1 win. The seniors won the series 2 0.
The juniors jolted the senior by ending up the first half 1 0.
The seniors applied the early pressure and the ball mostly remained in the juniors’ half during the first five minutes.
However, in the 7th minute, juniors’ captain Dilber controlled
a loose ball deep in the opponents’ territory. After a good run, he sensibly drew the lone defender in the circle before slipping the ball to Mohsin Sabir, who put his team ahead with a flat top of the circle reverse push.
That upped the tempo and good pole to pole game was witnessed.
The under 21 boys were more penetrative. Nevertheless, it was the senior striker Ejaz who had an excellent opportunity to equalise just two minutes before the conclusion of the first quarter of 15th minutes, but he hit out.
During the second quarter, the seniors had the better of the
exchanges. They had chances in the open play and also earned two penalty corners but the goal eluded them.
Juniors’ best opportunity came courtesy a goalkeeping blunder. The seniors’ short stopper let go a ball from outside the circle but juniors’ Samiuallah, in an excellent position just close to the goal, failed to put it in.
Juniors were first off the blocks when the second half commenced.
Two scoring opportunities were wasted. Thereafter, it was mostly seniors’ show as they dominated the proceedings. Three more penalty corners couldn’t be availed.
So seniors were still in the arrears when the last quarter started.
They persisted with well coordinated moves and the equaliser arrived in the 50th minute. A fine Haseem Khan cross from right was availed by Arsalan Qadir whose top of the circle shot did not give goal keeper any chance.
Now, the seniors earnestly searched for the winner and finally got it through their sixth penalty corner, the last of the evening. Again, it was Arsalan Qadir, who applied the final touch off an indirect drill, for his, as well as the seniors, second goal of the day.
In the end it was hard earned but deserving victory for the seniors.